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Iowa's courts include District Courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Iowa Supreme Court. Iowa's 99 counties are divided into 8 districts, each having a District Court that handles the majority of cases, including small claims, juvenile, mental health, violation of city/county ordinance, criminal, probate, domestic relations, and general civil cases. If you appeal a District Court decision in Iowa, it will be reviewed by the Iowa Court of Appeals. The Iowa Supreme Court is the state's highest court and hears appellate court appeals.

If you're seeking information regarding Iowa court records, you can visit, Iowa's online docket record search website. This website provides information including case titles, a list of filings, and child support and fine payments, as well as a copy of the court docket. Additional information, including case schedules, exhibit lists, bonds, and lien indexes is available for an additional $25 monthly charge. Copies of Iowa court documents aren't found on this website. If you're seeking copies of Iowa state court records, you'll need to contact the clerk of court office for the county in which the records are held.
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25, Nov 2014 - Cedar, IA Cedar Rapids man faces federal firearms charges
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man faces federal charges for possessing firearms while using marijuana. According to the U.S. Northern District of Iowa Attorney’s Office, 24-year-old Kendan Fonville has been charged with two counts of being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms. Fonville faces up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Fonville is accused of having a stolen AK-47 ...
25, Nov 2014 - Two attorneys nominated to fill district judge vacancy
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids attorney and an Iowa City attorney were selected Wednesday by the 6th Judicial District Nominating Commission as nominees to replace Judge Nancy Baumgartner who will retire at the end of December. The nominees, Christopher Bruns of Cedar Rapids, and Chad Kepros of North Liberty, will be forwarded to Gov. Terry Branstad, who will appoint one as the next district ...
25, Nov 2014 - Des Moines, IA Former Officer’s Excessive Force Trial Declared Mistrial
DES MOINES, Iowa — A mistrial was declared Saturday in the federal trial of a former Des Moines police officer. The jury couldn’t decide on one count of excessive force against Colin Boone, but the jury did find Boone not guilty of the second count of falsifying records in connection to the case. Boone is accused of kicking a man in the head while he was being held to the ground by two other ...
25, Nov 2014 - Johnston, IA Iowa veterans participate in Veterans History Project
Some veterans come home from war with stories to tell, but most return to keep those stories locked away, rarely speaking of their time to even their family and loved ones. These stories of trial and tribulation, however, are valuable, and as time wanders on, they become more scarce than ever before.
25, Nov 2014 - Cedar, IA US assault case: Saudi man faces deportation
  A 25-year-old Saudi national studying at the US University of Northern Iowa has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison on charges he attacked a woman in her home in December, according to a US media report.
25, Nov 2014 - Des Moines, IA Deputy’s Lawsuit Against Polk County Sheriff Moves Forward
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Polk County Sheriff’s deputy who ran against his boss has cleared the first hurdle in suing his boss. Dan Charleston ran against Sheriff Bill McCarthy in 2012. In April, Charleston filed a lawsuit against McCarthy claiming his civil rights were violated. McCarthy and his attorneys tried twice to have the […]
25, Nov 2014 - Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice to speak at UNI
The Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court will speak at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
25, Nov 2014 - Marshall, IA Iowa agency wants $2,000 for prison rape records
The Iowa Public Information Board's leader says it's OK for an agency to charge more than $2,000 for access to mandatory reports about sexual violence in Iowa prisons.
25, Nov 2014 - Mills, IA Plea Deal for Mom Accused of Faking Daughter’s Cancer
CASS COUNTY, Iowa — A plea deal has been reached in the case of an Atlantic mother accused of lying about her daughter’s cancer diagnosis. The Cass County Attorney’s Office says Leatha Slauson will enter guilty pleas in district court on November 17th, but would not release any details of the agreement. Slauson originally faced twenty charges in connection with the case including child ...
25, Nov 2014 - Johnson, IA Man injured in Iowa jail escape gets 15 years
A man who broke an arm while climbing out of a vent to escape the Webster County Jail been given 15 years in prison.
25, Nov 2014 - Sioux Mother to Return to Court in Latest Fight for Her Abused Sons
On Friday, November 21 another hearing is scheduled in the Iowa District Court in Plymouth County in an interstate custody showdown that has sparked national outrage among tribe...
25, Nov 2014 - Marion, IA Man convicted in Iowa slaying eligible for parole
DUBUQUE — A man convicted in the 1991 stabbing death of a 70-year-old Dubuque woman is now eligible for parole, an Iowa District Court Judge ruled.
25, Nov 2014 - Des Moines, IA Teen Awaiting Trial for His Infant’s Death Back in Jail
DES MOINES, Iowa — The teen awaiting trial for allegedly killing his infant son is back behind bars Friday. Drew Weehler-Smith, 18, faces first degree murder and child endangerment charges. In April, police say 4-month-old Gabriel McFarland died from abusive head trauma while in the care of Weehler-Smith. Police say because Weehler-Smith turned 18 Friday […]
25, Nov 2014 - Council Bluffs, IA Attorney in Cancer Hoax Case Seeks Change of Venue
The attorney for an Iowa mother accused of lying about her daughter's cancer diagnosis has requested a change of venue for her trial.
25, Nov 2014 - Jefferson, IA Webster may get new trial
FAIRFIELD — Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille said the decision regarding a new trial for Tyler Webster, who was convicted in April 2013 of murdering his best friend, Buddy Frisbie, is still being reviewed. This comes after the Iowa Court of Appeals 2-1 ruling for a new trial on Thursday, citing that the original second-degree murder conviction was tainted, after discovering a juror’s friendly ...
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